In the studio, Hadi Fallahpisheh draws into the photographic support, exposing it next in the dark room in order to flesh out the drawing on the surface. What appears then to be a painting and illustration is no more than a photogram, completed by simple chemical processes. This ease of play, however, for Fallahpisheh—a leisure that has become of both photography and painting—is central to the practice and to the illusion of what is occurring in the work. This play and leisure equally asserts itself into the artist’s sculptural works. Considerations of materials spun into jokes or sly turns-of-phrase, the objects resemble clowns or child’s plushies with just the juvenile punchline embedded into them. Hadi Fallahpisheh (b. 1987, Teheran, IRN) lives in New York and received his MFA from Bard College 2016. He has exhibited solo exhibitions at Rodeo Gallery, London (2021); Andrew Kreps, New York (2020); Efremidis, Berlin (2020); Tramps (New York, 2019).